What's Your Favorite Paper Pattern Company?

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Interested in what pattern company (McCall's, Simplicity, Kwik Sew, etc.) do
you like to use. Is there one that you find you enjoy using the most and
why. Is there one that seems to fit better than others?
Thanks in advance for your input!    Miriam



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Vogue/Butterick are my favorites for fit.  Kwik Sew is nice for some
things (gymskins, basics).  Burda has good styles.  I stay away from
Simplicity and McCall's patterns (although McCall's kids patterns are
OK).

When I'm looking for a pattern that I want to work the first time
without a lot of fussing and fighting, or I'm trying a new style I go
with Vogue/Butterick.  

ymmv
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I know many will disagree, and perhaps I've just been using them for
so long I automatically adjust for the vagaries, but for most things,
I like Simplicity. I'm not sure why so many here have a problem with
their sizing, I find them pretty much right on.  I measure the person
carefully, and also make measurements of the pattern pieces, and I
don't seem to find the huge difference which has been reported in this
group. I have a niggling feeling some of the sewing newbies buy
patterns based on their "ready-to-wear size", and that hasn't
corresponded to pattern sizing for _years_!

For more elaborate styles, or when I can't find a Simplicity pattern
close enough to adapt, my second choice is Vogue.  I just prefer the
_cost_ of Simplicity, especially when they are $.99 at TSWLTH. ;-)

NAYY,

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 Beverly
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  > Camperz4 wrote:
  > > Interested in what pattern company (McCall's, Simplicity, Kwik Sew,
  > > etc.) do you like to use. Is there one that you find you enjoy
  > > using the most and why. Is there one that seems to fit better than
  > > others?
  > > Thanks in advance for your input!    Miriam
  >
  > I know many will disagree, and perhaps I've just been using them for
  > so long I automatically adjust for the vagaries, but for most things,
  > I like Simplicity. I'm not sure why so many here have a problem with
  > their sizing, I find them pretty much right on.  I measure the person
  > carefully, and also make measurements of the pattern pieces, and I
  > don't seem to find the huge difference which has been reported in this
  > group. I have a niggling feeling some of the sewing newbies buy
  > patterns based on their "ready-to-wear size", and that hasn't
  > corresponded to pattern sizing for _years_!
  >
  > For more elaborate styles, or when I can't find a Simplicity pattern
  > close enough to adapt, my second choice is Vogue.  I just prefer the
  > _cost_ of Simplicity, especially when they are $.99 at TSWLTH. ;-)
  >
  > NAYY,
  >
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  >  Beverly
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  >
  I found you post vey interesting.  If someone had asked "what is your
least favorite pattern co.?" the answer would have been easy: Simplicity. I
have recently made 2 Simplicity patterns and found the construction methods
for both awkward and homemade looking. As for the fit, the items weren't for
me so I can't say.
  Different strokes for different folks, as they say.

  Kirsten Sollie
  Heimdal, Norway




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BEI Design wrote:

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Y'wanna say that to me?  ;)  I had to hack 8" out of two different
Simplicity patterns, one a dress and one a top for a customer.

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Gimmee Vogue every time!  Especially their 'Advanced' ones.  Fit well, go
together like Lego, and look fab!

Mind you, I think I have also fallen in love with Margo Adamson's
Elizabethan ones...  They come with a 100 odd page tome of instructions,
punched for lever arch file!

Kate (Sig line AWOL!)




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Nope!  :-)  I _know_ you have the skills to measure correctly, so it
must just be me.  Truth be told, I haven't sewn much for myself since
I put on weight, most of my sewing is for my daughters and
granddaughter.  I don't seem to have a sizing problem with Simplicity,
though.  Weird.

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Oh, I quite agree about Vogue, It just hurts me to pay $25.00+ for a
pattern.  When I started sewing, patterns were US$ .25, yes that 25
CENTS!  The Butterick pattern for my wedding gown (1960) was $ .75 (I
just checked, and yes I saved that pattern).  The pattern I'm altering
for my DD's wedding gown is a sixteen-year-old Vogue ($15.00 even
then) I bought to make a costume when she was in a play in High
School, I saved it because she loved the style so much.  :-)

No way am I picking a fight with Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of
the Chocolate Buttons.  :-)

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BEI Design wrote:

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Weird the way patterns go...  I always cut the pattern according to the
closed size to that measured, then do the alterations for personal fit,
and then do a pin fit of the pattern to the person if at all possible.
This is why for more complex patterns, if I have the time, I like to trace
off the pattern.  That way I always have the original to go back to,
should things go wrong.

I really HATE making to measurements taken by someone else, even if they
did use my 'How to take measurements' guide.  The lass who came for a
fitting on Tuesday was minute!  I could have cut her pattern out two sizes
smaller...  LOTS of taking in!  At least it wasn't the other way about...
NO fabric left for a re-cut of a bodice or sleve.

Kate (Sig line AWOL!)
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Last week, Hancock's or JoAnn's had Vogue for $3.99 each, the entire stock
on hand.  Several times annaully, they can be found for 75% off at both
stores and sometimes even online.  I have not paid full price for any
pattern in many years.
Emily



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Emily wrote:

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Here in the UK I get the magazine, and I tend to buy them on their Buy one,
get one free' offer.  I only pay full price of the customer wants one after
I've sent off that issues coupon!


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Kate Dicey wrote:
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I like Margo's (Anderson) patterns also, but I find the many modern
techniques called for not to my taste. So I just use the patterns for
the basic shapes and assemble them as I think they should go.
The best part is that they come in a huge size range

liz young

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Like you, Kate, Vogue is the one for me.  I used Advance(remember the ones
Penney's sold in the 40s/50s) until one day they began disappearing, I
bought a few Barrymores, until one day, an aunt asked me to make a Vogue for
one of her clients.  She owned a sewing shop and I helped her out after
school sometimes.  I was sold on Vogue from then on.  I do buy another every
once in a while for a DGC or one of my DD, if they can't find a Vogue that
will satisfy them.
Emily



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Jumping in right in the middle gleefully...  ;)

It's hard to pick one favorite.  Kind of like music.  ;)

For something really nice, like a formal or a suit coat, or just something
that has to be Top Notch, I run to Vogue.  I've never had a problem with
them as far as sizing accuracy.  I like that the pattern instructions don't
hold your hand and take you through all the steps you really should know
before you tackle a project of that level.  (as the youngest child of 4,
being "talked down to" always ticked me off.  I think that has a lot to do
with how I like the instructions in Vogue.)

If it's something casual or something for my children, I have two favorites.
First place goes to Butterick.  They were hand in hand with Vogue for long
enough that I think some Vogue-ishness rubbed off.  I've never had a problem
with size on their patterns.  And they have a new size range for children's
patterns.  It's a plus size.  My DD is very long waisted.  She's built so
that her top half is the same measurement as her bottom half.  (nape to
waist = waist to ankle)  This new size range has eliminated my need to
lengthen the patterns on the "shorten or lengthen here" line.  Which saves
me time.  They also have a lot of fairly trendy lines in the patterns.

Now, for casual and the kids second place goes to New Look.  I do have to
sometimes do some size altering on their patterns.  But not very much at
all.  I always double check the measurements on the tissue paper, but it's
usually pretty close to where I need to be.  All their styles are very up to
the minute.  They also use fairly quick and easy construction techniques.  I
really like the size range on the patterns too.  It's getting to the point
now, that I can buy one New Look pattern and know I can use it for me and DD
too.  (which is great, since we all know that patterns aren't as cheap as
they used to be!!!)

Now, another favorite, and I do mean Favorite is Textile Studio also Loes
Hinse Designs.  Used to be one and the same.  Now, Loes Hinse has broken off
to do her own line.  Textile Studio is now run by Marsha Day (it used to be
a joint venture between the two women.)

http://www.loeshinse.com/pages/patterns.html

http://www.thesewingplace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=94

The first link will take you to Loes Hinse site.  The second will take you
to the Textile Studio on one of the sites that carries them.

Really easy and fast construction techniques.  They use a lot of RTW
techniques that make construction go really quickly.  They only thing I have
to watch for on these is length.  If I were 6" taller, they would be perfect
on me.  But at 5'4", I usually have to shorten them.  My favorite skirt
(I've made it about 4 times now) is the Loes Hinse "Swing Skirt" long
version.  Very cute.  I have these great black leather boots....so I keep
making skirts to wear with them.  lol My favorite of them all is the stretch
suede/moleskin one in an olivey brown.  :)  I don't really think it
qualifies as an obsession with the boots that I keep making skirts to wear
with them....do you????  lol

There's my nickel's worth.  (that was too long for 2 cents!  lol)

Sharon
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Now where can I get some of those patterns?  I'd love to get one to just
take a peek at!

Charlie.



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Charlie wrote:
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Her name's Anderson - I always miss remember it!  :(

http://www.margospatterns.com/mainframe.htm

She's just brought out new editions of the ladies wardrobe and
accesories patterns.
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Kate  XXXXXX
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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BEI Design wrote:

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Y'wanna say that to me?  ;)  I had to hack 8" out of two different
Simplicity patterns, one a dress and one a top for a customer.

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Gimmee Vogue every time!  Especially their 'Advanced' ones.  Fit well,
go
together like Lego, and look fab!

Mind you, I think I have also fallen in love with Margo Adamson's
Elizabethan ones...  They come with a 100 odd page tome of instructions,
punched for lever arch file!

Kate (Sig line AWOL!)

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I find Butterick and Vogue fit the best, as does Kwik Sew (though i
don't have a local source for those patterns)

McCall's and Simplicity seem to be made for people shaped like a box and
the instructions on Simplicity can be pretty bad too.

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I make a lot of my own patterns because most of the people I sew for
have major fitting issues.  If I'm sewing for someone who will fit a
commercial pattern without major redrafting, I almost always reach
for one of the basic Kwik-Sew or Stretch and Sew patterns and go on
from there -- they're almost always better engineered than the Big 4
patterns in my experience.  I like Burda (but preferred the old ones
without seam allowance -- it's that alteration thing again).  I've used
a couple of Jalie patterns (http://www.jalie.com ).  For plus sizes,
I almost always start with one of Connie Crawford's patterns
(http://www.fashionpatterns.com ), and for tailored things, I love
Cecelia Podolak's patterns: they truly are classics.
(http://www.joannescreativenotions.com/mt/mtindex.html )

If I have to use a Big 4 pattern, I usually go for Butterick or Vogue.

There are also a lot of small patternmakers out there... you can get an
idea of the variety here:
http://thesewingplace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=65
I've heard good things about Christine Jonson, Cutting Line, Design and
Sew, Elements, Fashion Sewing Group, LaFred, LJ designs, Lorraine Torrence,
Silhouttes, and Textile Studio from people I know who sew well; there
are probably a lot of other independent patternmakers just as good
that I don't know about, or that I don't know anyone who has tried that
pattern line.

Kay Lancaster   snipped-for-privacy@fern.com





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Hi, I don't post often, but am always attentive to the very good advice in
this newsgroup, thank you very much.

I prefer Butterick and Vogue in that order.  I have found Simplicity and
McCalls produce a homemade looking  product.  Their cut perhaps?
With Butt and Vogue I always come out with that professional look... people
are surprised when I tell them the garment is homemade.

Saludos
Mora



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MOE wrote:
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I'll have to agree here, for the big 4, I'd have to stay with
Butterick/Vogue, and the order here varies by what i am making. If I
just want to pop something out *now*, give me a Butterick. If it
requires more style, then Vogue. I'm 6'0" tall, so I have to alter the
bloody heck out of everything anyway. I don't know why I bother to even
buy patterns.

Anything that I have *ever* seen made from a McCalls pattern looks like
a 6 year old made it. Their fitting model must be Sponge Bob Square
Pants! (He escaped from years of captivity in McCalls fitting and
drafting department to get his own cable show!) Simplicity always looks
kind of tacky too.

Sandi Jones


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If I want to make something in a hurry and want a pattern in my size
then I go to Kwiksew
If I want something fussy and time consuming to put together that
requires a lot of fussy fitting, then I go to Vogue designer (often not
in my size)
If I want something inbetween the two I use la Fred patterns.

I like Butterick and Vogue Vintage stuff also.

I have not bought a McCalls or Simplicity pattern in a very long time.


liz young

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